EDITORIAL: Plenty of time to quiz candidates and learn before voting

Have you decided which candidates will get your vote on Oct. 20?

Some who have connected with KTW have said they know who they do not want elected, but are still trying to decide who they wish to see sitting on city council and the school board.

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Others have said they may limit their choices to fewer than the maximum allowed, based on what they know so far about those running for office.

Avid followers of local politics have likely already been to KTW’s online Civic Election page on our website (kamloopsthisweek.com) and to other election-information sources many times over.

On our website and elsewhere, voters will find a plethora of information, including candidate profiles, candidates Q&As, where to vote, how to vote and why they should vote.

With last year’s byelection drawing just 21 per cent of eligible Kamloops voters and the 2014 general civic election eliciting a 33 per cent turnout, there has been a vocal campaign by many to work to make those numbers rise.

A large part of that effort is educating voters about the importance of municipal elections (they affect residents far more deeply than do provincial and federal elections), talking about the ease of voting (there will be polling stations across the city and casting a ballot will take a few minutes on a lazy Saturday) and reminding them of the myriad opportunities that exist to attend forums and learn what makes candidates tick.

A Canadian Home Builders’ Association-sponsored mayoral/council forum will take place on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Colombo Hall and a seniors’-focused forum will be held on Oct. 15 at noon at Desert Gardens.

KTW will host a mayoral/councillor forum on Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Hall at TRU, while a trustee forum will follow on Oct. 16 at

7 p.m. at the Henry Grube Centre.

Attend and learn and vote. It really is that simple.

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